The Reed Flute Cave is a landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin

The Reed Flute Cave is a landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin, Guangxi, China. It is a natural limestone cave with multicolored artificial lighting and has been one of Guilin’s most interesting attractions for over 1200 years. It is over 180 million years old.

The cave got its name from the type of reed growing outside, which can be made into melodious flutes. Reed Flute Cave is filled with a large number of stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations in weird and wonderful shapes.
In Chinese legend, people used to believe that the green reed could be made into flutes to create dulcet music. The verdant reed covered the entrance of the cave, so people of this area used Reed Flute Cave for many centuries as a shelter during war times.


The Reed Flute Cave, also known as “the Palace of Natural Arts”, is a natural limestone cave situated in the northwest of  Guilin City, China. It is said that locals gave this name from the reeds growing outside it, as they were used for making flutes. With a length of 240 meters, the cave is like a magic fairyland of stalagmites, stalactites, stone curtains, stone pillars with unique shapes and colors.